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Heat Greets Revelers For National Night Out
Police Officer Rob Lackey is at the wheel of the cruiser as he arrives at the Sophie Lane gathering for National Night Out, one of several stops for the caravan of police, fire, EMS and city officials

It didn’t quite hit a hundred degrees – but the heat was definitely on as the community observed the annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

With temperatures that peaked in the mid-90s, residents of Escalon didn’t let that stop them, as they came out of their homes, joined their neighbors and welcomed in a caravan of police, fire, EMS and city officials for the ‘night out’ against crime and drugs.

Designed as a way for neighbors to get to know each other and meet with local officials in an informal setting, the caravan featured a number of police officers, firefighters, city Public Works crews, City Council members and city staffers, EMS workers and more. The caravan had scheduled stops at eight different neighborhood gatherings, enjoying a variety of barbecues, potlucks, bounce houses, water games, music and more.

The evening route took the caravan to Saron Lutheran Church on North Street to start out the National Night Out observance, followed by additional neighborhood visits to Lydia, Mission Street, Jonathan Drive, Sophie Lane, Oakwood Drive, Chardonnay Court and Thompson Way.

National Night Out 2018 marked the 35th anniversary of the event nationally.

Operating the police department’s drone, Frank LeSage gets a bird’s eye view of the gathering on Jonathan as part of the city’s National Night Out festivities.